This particular motor was a typical Kosdon "Truly Reloadable Motor" -
just bigger - Aluminum tube, graphite nozzle, snap rings, etc. Some guy
from Wisconsin was trying to sell raffle tickets @ 100 bucks a pop for
it. He wanted to sell 10 tickets and the winner would get the motor plus
propellant. I don't think he was able to sell enough tickets.
It WAS a big arsed motor though!
We flew one out at Black Rock back in 2000 and it was a true 4" motor,
6ft long with an aluminium casing. We had a boosted dart on the front
of it and just bolted our booster recovery onto the forward closure
and bonded a fin can to the bottom of it. It was sweeeeeet. There's
video out there of the launch somewhere but a 40G liftoff was
something to behold. Zero to Mach 2 in 2.3s ;o)
MARS Flight Crew http://www.mars.org.uk /
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